Pat Shingleton: "The Day and the Weather"
Weather expectations in Philadelphia for Independence Day include scattered showers, evening clearing and 78 degrees for the daytime-high. James Heintze researched historical weather conditions for the Fourth of July. He found that in New York City from 1789 to 1855 rain fell on thirteen July "Fourths." On July 4, 1860, eight members of the German Fusiliers donned full military dress and died from sunstroke in a Charleston, S.C. parade. On July 4, 1874 the New York Herald reported that "whole blocks of houses" in Washington, D.C., lost roofs when a tornado ripped through the city. In Boston on July 4, 1831, The National Intelligencer reported that, "The Northern Lights were beautifully vivid at the close of the 4th." The hottest Independence days include Palm Springs and Las Vegas. Schenectady, N.Y. reported an earthquake on July 4, 1806. Baton Rouge will place in the weather almanac a daytime high of 91, with returning afternoon showers. Showers should wrap-up by 8:00 PM, providing good viewing for the traditional "Fireworks on the Mississippi," an event that WBRZ has sponsored since its inception. My columns are archived at www.PatShingleton.com.